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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    After a slew of reading Middle Grade books in my Middle Grade Ca

    After a slew of reading Middle Grade books in my Middle Grade Catch Up, I thought taking a breather with some New Adult would do me good. Maybe I’ve been getting spoiled on excellent MG, but I felt sadly underwhelmed by this book. I went back and forth between hating some aspects, meh-ing other parts and really liking others. Which was all kinds of confusing for me.

    Let’s start with some of the things I didn’t care for. I feel like this is happening more and more lately that it’s not any one big glaring error, but more of a small laundry list of little things that irritated or irked me throughout the book. However, my biggest annoyance with this book was that it was sold to me as New Adult when it wasn’t. It seemed up like upper YA trying to jump on the NA bandwagon. Despite how you feel about NA, I expect a certain maturity in my New Adult characters, something a bit past the pettiness that can come with adolescence. I didn’t get that at all. Of course the fact that we had two brand new 18 year olds as the main characters didn’t exactly help that.

    Then there other minor things like both characters were a little whiny and emo at times, or they were a little overly corny and sometimes the behavior was just slightly inconsistent at times. I also had many instances where the plot or characters would go off in a certain direction after being on a good direction and I mentally groaned and went, ‘no, why why why are you doing that, book? Don’t do that, that’s annoying!’ You know what I mean, everyone’s experienced this. All of these things ranged from the hate to meh areas.

    The things I liked. Penny’s deteriorating relationship with her best friend and presumed love interest, Mitch. It was resolved a little easily for my liking, but it called on some personal experiences in my life and the pain in the book felt very true to life. I also felt that Bishop’s addiction was pretty good. Not stellar, but I’ve read characters with addiction problems that were a lot worse.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Out Of Play is a contemporary romance written through the collab

    Out Of Play is a contemporary romance written through the collaboration of two authors Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn, I have never read a book from either author before but have always planned on it at some point as both of their books sound really good.
    Unfortunately this book fell flat for me, I made myself plod through it so I could finish and be able to write a fair review, I'm not sure what it was exactly or that I could pinpoint precisely what gave me lukewarm feelings for it, I don't think it helped that the e-arc copy I received to review from NetGalley had typos, in particular the letter F, most of the time when a word started with F the letter went missing as well as the second and third letter of the word, so you ended up spending a bit of time trying to decipher what the word was which after a while became extremely frustrating, and yes I understand that arcs are sometimes like this but I've never read one when a whole letter from the alphabet upped and disappeared throughout the whole book!
    I also felt like this storyline had been done before, but done better, and with more likeable characters, that's not to say that I disliked all the characters in this book, but to me they seemed few and far between.
    I don't think it helped that after reading the synopsis for this book that I was all hyped up thinking this was going to be amazing, sadly that wasn't the case and I wonder if it would have been a better book having been written by a single author not two.
    I still plan on someday reading some of these authors other books, this just wasn't the one for me regardless I how much I wanted to love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Just so-so

    ## Just so-so for me. I loved the heroine Penny. I thought she was tremendous. I adored how capable and athletic she was. I did not like that she was in HIGH SCHOOL. And the hero I didn't like at all. The parties, women, pills, and the lying were such a turn-off, that by the time he came around I just couldn't see him as a hero! And whoever chose the books' cover did this book a disservice. The heroine was a tall light blond athletic girl and the hero was a rocker with tats and eyebrow & lip piercings. I won't be reading again.

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